Vigor adds marine industry veterans McCreary, Blount

Portland, Ore.-based Vigor has added two well-known names in the maritime industry to its team, Bill Blount and Richard McCreary. Together they bring more than 65 years of experience to Vigor.

Richard McCreary

Richard McCreary

McCreary has a long history in shipbuilding and ship repair. A graduate of the University of Michigan in naval architecture/marine engineering, he was executive vice president for VT Halter Marine in Mississippi for five years, CEO of Marinette Marine from 2005 to 2011, and recently finished a six-year tour with BAE Systems in Alabama. At Vigor, McCreary assumes the role of vice president of business development, leading Vigor’s diverse and growing government programs in ship repair and fabrication.

Donald Blount

Bill Blount

Blount brings 26 years of maritime experience to Vigor. He previously served as the commercial manager and later CEO of Donald L. Blount and Associates. After negotiating the sale of DLBA to Gibbs and Cox, he served there as vice president for the past two years. Blount joins Vigor as the manager of international business development for the company’s growing portfolio of high performance military craft and specialized aluminum patrol boats.

“We’re excited to welcome these two amazing professionals to the Vigor family,” said Frank Foti, Vigor CEO. “Their industry knowledge, relationships and proactive efforts will play an important role in helping us achieve our business expansion goals.”

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David Krapf

David Krapf has been editor of WorkBoat, the nation’s leading trade magazine for the inland and coastal waterways industry, since 1999. He is responsible for overseeing the editorial direction of the publication. Krapf has been in the publishing industry since 1987, beginning as a reporter and editor with daily and weekly newspapers in the Houston area. He also was the editor of a transportation industry daily in New Orleans before joining WorkBoat as a contributing editor in 1992. He has been covering the transportation industry since 1989, and has a degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego, and also studied journalism at the University of Houston.

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